France 2015



Here’s a fabulous opportunity to immerse yourself , your camera and your digital paint brushes into the glorious scenery and wonder of the French countryside surrounding the medieval village of Durfort.

Not only will we be exploring Languedoc, taking lots of photographs and learning more about your camera and how to capture that perfect moment, we will also be taking your images back to our cozy workroom and spending time together learning how best to process those images in Lightroom and/or Photoshop and how to give them that fantastic zing you see in those travel magazines!

As if that was not enough, we are also going to embark on some creative explorations and show you how to craft dreamy composites and photo montages in Photoshop AND how to interpret your work in a painterly fashion using Photoshop and Corel Painter X3.

Your week of photography and digital art explorations will leave you with a wonderful portfolio of images to document this fabulous experience.

The workshop is being hosted by award winning Photographer and Photoshop Teacher, Marie Otero and the talented Photoshop Artist and Digital Painter, Karen Burns.

Our workshop days will include daily field trips, photography instruction, digital post processing along with Photoshop and Corel X3 Painter Instruction.

There will be Open studio at night where Marie & Karen will be happy to work with you on the processing of your images.



. Cost $2,350USD

. Price includes:

. Seven nights lodging in a charming French home –La Cascade – twin share rooms.

. All breakfasts – served continental style.

. 3 lunches and 3 dinners prepared by our private chef Nese at La Cascade.  Dinner includes wine.

. Camera and Photography instruction during local excursions

. Workshop instruction and support from TWO instructors.

. Instructional materials and extra bonus downloads.

. Access to class materials after you get home.

. Internet access and 24-hour open studio

. (NOTE) Price does not include airfare, trip insurance or transport from Toulouse Airport. A Hire car is strongly recommended, as little public transport is available in this part of the world.  You will also need transport for various more far flung excursions away from Durfort. (Shared car rental cost is approx $150)

All meals taken at La Cascade are included in your workshop fee. Meals at other restaurants will be at student’s expense.

Contact Marie at or Karen at if you have any questions or wish to reserve a space.


About The Instructors

Karen Burns, Mixed Media Artist uses original photography, processing images in PhotoShop and/or Corel Painter, pushing pixels with digital brushes on digital canvas, one layer at a time.   Karen lives in Northern California halfway between the mountains of Tahoe and the city of San Francisco, working in her studio on digital imagery. Her pigment prints are on Epson Exhibition Canvas using Ultra Chrome Pigment Inks.  After printing, acrylic paints and mediums are often added to the surface to highlight areas and add depth.  Her work can be seen in several galleries in Northern California as well as on her website and her portfolio at

Marie Otero has been teaching Photoshop classes online and at various art retreats around the world since 2009.  Her Mixed Media and Digital Artwork has been published in such magazines as Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Stampington’sArtful Blogging and Digital Arts. Marie’s work also appears in a number of books including Digital Expressions, Exhibition 36 and In This Garden.
In 2013 & 2014 Marie won a number of International Photographic Awards including a Royal Photographic Society Gold medal for her image Shipwrecked Stranger and Gold Medals for her Black and White Architecture work and Creative compositions .  You can see Marie’s daily work at and her current portfolio at 500px .

Fine Print

~ a $400 deposit will hold your space.

~ full payment will be required by 23rd June 2015 to hold your place.

~ cancellations up to 1st December 2014 will receive a 75% refund of the deposit money.

~ cancellations after 1st February, 2015 will receive a 50% return of monies paid, excluding the deposit.

~ cancellations after 1st July, 2015 will result in the forfeit of all monies paid.

~ Travel Insurance is recommended.  Marie Otero nor Karen Burns accept any liability for loss, damage or personal injury to person or property during the workshop.

Please contact me, Marie at or Karen at


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